Man sues Archdiocese of St. Louis alleging abuse by priest

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Archdiocese Of St. Louis

Archdiocese Of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A Kansas City, Missouri, man has filed a suit against the Archdiocese of St. Louis, saying he was the victim of repeated sexual abuse by a now deceased priest.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Tom Viviano alleges that Father Charles DeGuire forced him to perform oral sex on him multiple times at St. Aloysius Gonzaga and on a boat.

The Associated Press usually doesn’t name victims of sexual assault, but Viviano spoke publicly about the lawsuit at a press conference outside the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica on Tuesday.

The misconduct allegedly took place when Viviano served as an altar boy from fifth to eighth grade. DeGuire worked at the parish, which shuttered more than 10 years ago.

Archdiocese spokesman Gabe Jones said he can’t comment on pending litigation.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch